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Vatican City, Biblioteca Apostolica Vaticana, Vat. gr. 1440


Additional Information

  • Appr. Date: 16th c. (16th c.)
  • Genres: Philosophical
  • Illustrations: No


Vaticanus græcus 1440, Damscius (TLG 4066.003 & 4066.004). Cf. Vat. gr. 1203, 1765 and 1791 (our WEST.VAT.1.35, WEST.VAT.1.38 and WEST.VAT.1.36 respectively).

16th cent. according to Rouelle (vol. 1, p. iv in Bibliography and Online Resources), who at least noted (though we have not investigated whether he used) this manuscript.

Inscription on recto before fol. 1:  Emptum ex libris Cardinalis [Gulielmi] Sirleti.

To the label "Vat. Grec. 1440" the first frame in our film (done by the Vatican) adds "19.IV.79. B.E[.]", a numbering we are unfamiliar with.

Marginal annotation and some graphs.

Fol. 1r  Title: «Δαμασκίου φιλοσόφου Ἀπορίαι καὶ Λύσεις περὶ τῶν Πρώτων Ἀρχῶν.» Textus incipit, «Πότερον ἐπέκεινα τῶν πάντων ἐστὶν ἡ μία τῶν πάντων ἀρχὴ λεγομένη...»

Small splotch on fol. 261, both sides, slightly affecting also 260v. Small ones on 264r-265r and elsewhere.

418v  Main text desinit, «...ἀλλὰ τῶν δυεῖν μόνων ἐν αἷς τὸ μὴ εἶναι παντελῇ ἀπόφασιν ἐδήλου ταύταις γὰρ εἴπετο τὸ οὐδέν» (cf. Rouelle's edition, vol. 2, p. 322).

To the above, after a space of a couple lines, is added from the Platonic Ὅροι (TLG 0059.037, Stephanus 411a):  Ἀΐδιόν ἐστι, τὸ κατὰ πάντα χρόνον, καὶ πρότερον ὂν καὶ νῦν μὴ ἐφθαρμένον: θεὸς ζῷον ἀθάνατον αὔταρκες πρὸς εὐδαιμονίαν ἢ οὐσία ἀΐδιος τοῖς τ'ἀγαθοῦ φύσεως αἰτία γένεσίς ἐστι κίνησις εἰς οὐσίαν ἢ μετάλ[η]ψις οὐσίας ἢ πόρευσις εἰς τὸ εἶναι. Ἥλιός ἐστι πῦρ οὐράνιον. :~//~:

418v  Τέλος· καὶ τῷ Θεῷ χάρις :~   

419r is blank and the codex appears from our film probably to end here.

Rouelle's ed. has been superseded by Westerink's six volumes for Belles Lettres (see Bibliography), but we have not been able to examine the latter. At the time of this writing, the TLG is using the outdated one (with no app. crit.).

Currently no print catalogue for Vaticani græci 933-1484 (though there is an unpublished catalogue by Νικόπουλος for 2502-2632 and one in preparation by Yantz for 1288-1421). Some information can often be found in the various Studi e Testi volumes (see Bibliography) and/or the Vatican website. Further information can also often be had by performing a Google search with "" specified as the domain (do an Advanced Search or add "" to the terms).